A Front Page Update to ThinkComputers

This year I have really been putting a lot of work into ThinkComputers. We are now doing video reviews and unboxings, we have community forums, a weekly newsletter and much more. One thing we never really posted much on the site was news. I just never viewed it as something important and I wanted to keep the focus on the reviews and articles on the site. For that reason the front page of ThinkComputers only listed articles and reviews. To see any news you would have to actually go into the news section, although there was not much of any news there.

Well a few weeks ago that changed. I have started to post at least 2 or more news stories a day. After talking with many people they all told me they like keeping up to date on industry news and they always go back to sites that have daily news. Doing this is going to require more work, but finding tech news is really not that hard at all and if posting more news will get more people to come to the site more often I am all for it.

So I needed to change the front page of ThinkComputers to display news as well as the articles and reviews. That was easily done with a simple WordPress plugin. ThinkComputers has 4 “featured” boxes at the top of the site. We used these to promote featured content. If I wanted a post to show up there it would be put in the featured category. Now I needed those 4 boxes to show the latest reviews, articles and videos on the site. I thought this would be easy, but when you want to display content from more than one category in WordPress it is a bit hard, especially since I really do not do any coding. After a few hours I had it working though (stay tuned for a future post on how I did it).

This is the first real “change” of the website’s front page in a while. I like change and it always gets me motivated to keep on improving. Also posting industry news keeps me up to date with things. I have some other big updates planned for ThinkComputers, but I first have to figure out the coding and the jQuery library.

Add Features and Start New Projects for Motivation

When you do the same thing over and over again it can get old and you can become very bored and unmotivated. This has happened to me multiple times with ThinkComputers. I spend my days either making unboxing videos, taking product photos or writing reviews. This is not bad at all, but doing it day after day can get to anyone. That is why I try and start a new project or add features to ThinkComputers to stay motivated and upbeat.

Starting a New Project
Nothing gets me more excited than starting a new project. It is taking that idea you had and turning it in to something real. If it is a website I get excited about the name, the design, the content and how I am going to market it. It sort of gives your mind a break from the normal and gets you thinking about other things. New projects that I have started include this blog and I Hate My Roommate. You want to keep in mind that new projects don’t replace your current workload, they motivate you to get it done so you can work on the new project.

Adding Features
Some people may not have the freedom to start a new company or website. Why not make your current company or website better? This not only is going to get you motivated, but I’m sure your users will appreciate it. There are so many things you can add to a website to make it better. For ThinkComputers some of the new features that we have added lately are our Weekly E-mail Newsletter and our Forums. Getting these things setup kept my mind off my daily tasks and I was really excited to get them launched.

If you are feeling unmotivated or just one day is dragging into the other why not try this. Let me know if it has helped you out!

The Drake Concert

A few weeks ago I had the chance to go to the Drake concert. I actually had not planned on going to the concert, but I ended up winning tickets in a contest. I had two free tickets so why not right? After talking to a few people my 2 good friends Kimiko and Krissy actually were taking a bus to the concert, so I decided to go with them. The concert was at 1st Niagara Pavilion, which is about 30 minutes from Pittsburgh.

Taking a bus is a great idea because you don’t have to worry about driving and you can bring everything for a great tailgate party in the bus. We brought food and alcohol with us and had a pretty good tailgate. Since this was such a big concert I ran into so many people that I knew.

After a while we decided to go into the actual concert. We got in right towards the end of Waka Flaka Flame’s set so we were able to see J. Cole and Drake. We all had lawn seats, which I really liked actually. You could really relax and it was not a hassle to go get drinks or food. Anyways here are some videos I took at the concert.



I had a great time at the concert and if you ever have a chance to see Drake live I would highly suggest it.

5 Things That Have Changed in the Past 5 Years!

The other night I went through and read a lot of my blog posts from back in 2005-2009. If you didn’t know I’ve been blogging since 2005! That is one thing that is great about blogging, you can go back and see what you were up to, it’s like a journal. Looking back on these posts it’s funny to see my opinion on things and how different they are from now. So I decided to pick 5 things that I’ve blogged about that have changed in the past 5 years.

I own an iPhone – Back in 2007 I made a post about why the iPhone was not for me. 5 years later and 3 iPhone’s later it is my go-to phone and I couldn’t imagine using any other phone out there. I think the whole app craze really sealed the deal for me, and the fact that I could be productive on the phone. Here are my first impressions of my first iPhone.

I love living and going into the cityThis post really makes me laugh. For the longest time I lived in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, it was nice, but quite boring. Now I actually live in the city and love going into the city. In the post I talked about having to park in the parking garage and how I prefer suburbs much better. Now it is the complete opposite. I could not image living in the suburbs and I love going out in the city!

I enjoy salads with dressing – For the longest time I would not eat salads with dressing. I mentioned this in my 8 fun facts post and the 5 things you don’t know about me post. I don’t know what it was, but I never did it. In the past 2 years I have really gained an appreciation for salad dressing. I guess my favorite would have to be Italian.

I’ve connected and met a lot of Pittsburgh bloggers and tech companies – In a 2007 post I said that Pittsburgh is not really a tech city and there were not that many Pittsburgh bloggers. Well after going to events like PodCamp and hanging out at StartUpTown I now know many Pittsburgh bloggers and tech companies. It is great to meet people who live in the same area as you and have the same interests!

I love tea! – Incredibly in 2008 during getting my 2nd Pho ever I tried tea for the first time….ever! Sine then I’ve really go into tea. If you come to my house I probably have 6-7 different types of loose tea and I always try new types of tea when I have the chance.

So those are 5 things that have changed for me in the past 5 years. Have you been blogging for a while? What has changed for you since you started blogging?

The Porch at Schenley


The Porch at Schenley is a relatively new fixture across the street from the Cathedral of Learning in Oakland.  Schenley Plaza is actually one of my favorite places to go for an afternoon, especially in the spring and summer.  Before I was really only limited to the food stands that are there, but now I can sit down and really relax and enjoy great food in a great atmosphere.

Atmosphere, that is something I really did enjoy about this place. The building has a very modern look to it and upon doing some research I found out that more than 50% of the building is made of glass and recycled materials were used in its construction. Because of all the glass along with the high ceilings it is nice and bright inside. On one side of the building are large garage doors that of course were open since it was nice outside. There is a nice outdoor dining area as well, complete with a fireplace.


I came to The Porch with my friend Katherine for lunch. The way they have things setup for lunch is pretty cool. You go in, pickup a menu and order at the front desk. They give you a number and you go sit where you like. In no time they bring out your food.

I decided to go with the chefs special for the day, which was Brisket with green beans and taters ($10).

It was extremely good and I was a bit worried because many places do not cook brisket that well. It was cooked perfectly and the seasoning on it was perfect. The taters and green beans were good as well.

Katherine went with the Margherita pizza ($11).

It comes out on a tray atop parchment paper with a small portion of parmesan cheese and oregano on the side. The pizza was good as well and you could really taste the homemade mozzarella cheese.

The Porch is a great addition to Schenley Plaza and I plan on being there a lot this summer! Oh by the way the do serve both beer and wine! Remember to follow me on Twitter to see what I’m up to.

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